Charlie's Soap

Laundry Soap

Good, Clean Fun

Doing laundry isn’t exactly fun, but it’s a part of life and anything that makes the process better, safer and healthier is a welcome improvement. Charlie’s Soap is a non-toxic, biodegradable laundry detergent that cleans stains and doesn’t leave any perfume or residue on your clothes. A little goes a long way: Just 1 tablespoon is enough for an entire load of laundry. Charlie’s also makes an All Purpose Spray Cleaner that is non-toxic and biodegradable. It gets under grease and grime, gently releasing them without harsh chemicals or abrasives.

The inventors of the soap are Charlie Sutherland, Jr., and his brother-in-law Ron Joyce, who were working for the yarn oil division (run by Charlie’s dad) of a large textile company back in 1976. Charlie had to find a soap that could clean the oils and other grime from yarn machines, and the pair decided to make their own. It worked so well that employees of the mill wanted to use it at home.

Thirty-five years later, Charlie’s Soap keeps winning converts, all around the globe. Charlie and his sons (Taylor, James and Morgan joined the family business in 2002) also now make an all-purpose cleaner that’s gentle enough to wash your hands with.

We heard about Charlie’s from Leslie Reichert,author of The Joy Of Green Cleaning. She heard about Charlie’s from a group of moms with twins (twins have a tendency to be very sensitive to soap residue). “I find that I don’t need any fabric softener since it doesn’t leave any soap in your clothes,” Leslie says. “It’s perfect for kids with skin issues and people with allergies.”

Economical, eco-friendly, and gentle on your skin… Charlie’s is just what the laundry and cleaning routine needs.
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Charlie's Soap - Laundry Powder & All-Purpose Cleaner
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Taylor

    34 years ago, Charlie Senior started a little oil company and hired his son Butch. When Dad took over 7 years after that, whether he wanted it or not, he became Charlie. Almost overnight, the cleaner became a sensation in the textile circles in our tiny little town. It soon became known as Charlie's Soap, and a legend was born.

    Almost 20 years later, I, Taylor, came back home and decided to help run the family business. We officially changed the company and product names to Charlie's Soap to honor Charlie Sr. and launched 10 years later you can find Charlie's Soap in all 50 states and several countries. I think we're going to be okay. It's only a matter of time before I shed the name "Taylor" and become the next "Charlie."

  • Kate
    4/12/2010 12:21 PM

    This looks great, how does this work for High Efficiency machines?

  • Taylor
    Taylor – Special Guest
    4/12/2010 12:27 PM

    The dose for a full load of clothes in a regular machine is just 1 tablespoon, that that full dose will dissolve completely in just 1 cup of cold water. The upshot is that it's perfectly safe for use in HE machines. If your machines says Liquid-Only, just toss the Powder in the front door and you'll be perfectly fine.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/12/2010 12:33 PM

    Taylor - we have switched to using a cold water formulation of liquid detergent to save on our water heating costs. I'm thrilled to find out that Charlie's Soap dissolves in cold water so we can continue this practice. I'm sold!!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    4/12/2010 2:01 PM

    Charlie's Soap was an eye opener to me when I tested the laundry powder and learned how well it cleaned -- and left my clothes so fresh, but with nothing left behind. Plus it is biodegradable, good for the earth, good for the people who use it. -- Thank you so much to the Charlies and the all people who make it happen down in NC. One of my all time favorite American entrepreneur stories.

  • Melanie
    4/13/2010 10:02 AM

    I've been using CharlieSoap for 3 years, my daughters use it after I gave them some as a Christmas gift. I wouldn't clean with anything else! Safe for my grandbabies, and for the Earth? What more could you ask for! And their customer service team really rocks!

  • Desmond
    6/21/2010 11:52 PM

    I've gone through my two bags and just ordered 2 more. (Three teenage boys means a lot of clothes to be done each day.) The soap proved to be exactly as advertised. Works great in cold water, too.

  • Julie
    Julie – Grommet Team
    6/22/2010 1:11 PM

    @DJP It's always great to hear from a satisfied Grommet customer! Having a tween and teen myself, I can just imagine the dirty laundry that piles up! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  • Desmond
    8/16/2010 1:54 PM

    We continue to love this. It is amazing how a little bit of powder works so well, and in cold water. Just ordered some more.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2010 2:25 PM

    @DJP - the true test of a great product is if you are still using it months after you first try it! This fits that criteria, thank you for letting us know!

  • Nicole
    3/2/2011 4:35 PM

    We've been using Charlies for about 9 months... started cloth diapering and switched to using it on everything. It works on literally everything - and our messy toddler has yet to create a stain Charlie's can't eliminate with some elbow grease and time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/2/2011 6:11 PM

    @Nicole: That's great to hear. Thank you for stopping back with your experience with this product.

  • Debbie
    3/7/2011 2:02 PM

    When using this product, is it still necessary or advantageous to use dryer balls or sheets when drying clothes?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/7/2011 2:41 PM

    @Debbie: Dryer balls would be a great compliment to this product. They reduce dry times, reduce static and soften without the chemicals found in a dryer sheet. We featured BaaLLS wool dryer balls here.

  • Jackie
    3/29/2011 1:04 PM

    i've heard nothing but stellar reviews about CS and i'm about to make my first charlie's purchase....i went to the company's website - what are the differences (benefits) between the powder and liquid detergent ? also is the laundry pre-treater the same thing as the all purpose cleaner ? and what about the indoor/outdoor cleaner ? i'm a bit confused by the different products...thanks !

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/29/2011 1:43 PM

    @Jackie: We have selected our favorite products to feature and sell here at Daily Grommet, the powder detergent and the all-purpose cleaner. I will send you some contact information for the company so you can ask them about their other products.

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